Indian Foreign Secretary visit to Bangladesh, may discuss Teesta

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon to discuss whole range of bilateral issues including the much-desired Teesta water sharing one. He will hold bilateral talks with his Bangladesh counterpart M Shahidul Haque on Monday at the state guesthouse Meghna, UNI quoted a diplomat as saying.

Both sides will sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) but officials did not tell on which area the MoUs will be signed. The foreign ministry officials said the two secretaries might also discuss possibilities of a meeting between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) that will be held in London and Windsor on 16-20 April.

The two sides are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest, the officials said. The Indian foreign secretary will attend an event on Bangladesh-India relations on Monday afternoon in a city hotel with prime minister’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi as the chief guest.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met vice foreign minister of China Kong Xuanyou in New Delhi on Friday as part of regular diplomatic consultations between India and China.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed recent developments in bilateral relations and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement, including high level exchanges, in the coming months.

On 28 March, Indian National Security adviser Ajit Doval attended the Bimstec national security chiefs’ meeting.


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